I'm Johne Cook, itinerant wordsmith and Overlord-in-hiatus. I like prog rock, film noir, space opera, and the Green Bay Packers. I've sold some SF/F short stories and have a novel in progress. For seven years, I've been a founding editor of Ray Gun Revival magazine. I do technical writing during the day and watch movies and play PC videogames in my free time. I'm active in my church but don't push my beliefs down your throat. I'm told I'm a friendly, regular guy by people who don't actually owe me money. I usually have a miniature doxie in my lap when I'm home or a grandson on my knee when I'm out. In other news, I'm old enough to have two young grandbabies (but age and maturity are not mutually exclusive, heh.)
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Language changes. For example - do you remember these lyrics?
Meet the Flintstones.
They're the modern stone age family.
town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.
Let's ride with the family
down the street.
Through the courtesy
of Fred's two feet.
with the Flintstones
Have a yabba dabba doo time.
A dabba doo time.
We'll have a gay old time.
Language changes, right? I am pragmatic enough to accept that in some cases and embrace it in others, but there is one specific case that occurred to me today that makes me angry and sad and terribly disappointed.
Warming to my specific point, I realized today I no longer wish to refer to myself as a Science Fiction fan.
Fandom has gotten a black eye of late with the partisan back-and-forth sniping between camps. I don't know how the schism started and I don't know who is more right or more wrong - that's not the point of this post - I just know that I'm pretty disgusted with the rancor, finger-pointing, and flaming vitriol that has separated what I thought was a pretty tight-knit group of enthusiastic people interested in speculative fiction.
To me, this couldn't come at a worse time. There used to be a time when Fantasy works were a subset in the larger Science Fiction section. Now, if you can find a bookstore with both sections, the tide has turned. I like good Fantasy but I love good Science Fiction.
For reference, I'll link to three stories picked at random [please don't read anything into the order other than I'm trying to cover the spectrum of opinion and observation]:
Politics Don't Belong In Science Fiction
Politics Belong In Science Fiction
THE HUGO WARS: HOW SCI-FI’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS BECAME A POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND
There used to be a time when I happily and willingly self-identified as a Science Fiction fan. I realized with a shock today that I no longer feel comfortable with that language. It means something more negative and specific to many others than it means to me, and I must perforce change how I use my language. I guess from now on I'll say I like Science Fiction but won't identify as a fan - that term feels tainted now, and I feel older, less optimistic, and more jaded than I did just yesterday. I don't know what should be done about it nor who to look to for leadership - I just know I'm pretty angry with a bunch of people that I used to respect and admire across the spectrum, and I'm angry that a term I have used for decades to mean something fun and inclusive and commonly understood is no longer available to me because of finger-pointing and partisan in-fighting.
I remain as passionate about Science Fiction as ever, but as of today, I am no longer a fan. And that sucks.
- Technical Writer, present
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